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If you have been looking through our products you will notice that we only sell items made with beeswax. This means that everything that contains wax is made with 100% pure bees wax. We get this direct from the bees (well via the bee keeper, but you get the idea).

Bees are and always have been essential to human life. Regardless of who you are, what you believe in, what you do for a living, whether you have a health condition, follow a strict dietary regimen or not, the fact that you would not be alive today were it not for the bees who spend their short lives continually pollinating this planet we call ours, is a somewhat intimidating thought. For this reason bee keepers should be amongst the most loved and revered folk in their community.

Beeswax candles have been around for over 3000 years. Until around 1850 all candles were made either from beeswax or tallow (rendered animal fat) It is only relatively recently that we have turned to the more common purified animal and vegetable fats, paraffin, palm, coconut and soy waxes.

I am not going to go into how many carcinogens are known to be released into the air when burning certain types of wax, or how much destruction and decimation of  natural habitats the production of other types of wax causes, or even how the excess oestrogen that can be gained from using some other wax products, which is known to disrupt the endocrine system in both males and females might be detrimental to you. For I have no doubt that if you are interested you will research all of these types of wax for yourself, and draw your own conclusions.

This article however is about the benefits of natural beeswax. Beeswax is a by-product of honey, and as such is a completely renewable resource. It is non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, hypo-allergenic and hasn't yet gone rancid. This has been proven by traces found in tombs in Egypt (and we all know how good the Egyptians are at preserving things).

Unsurprisingly beeswax has its own natural sweet honey like aroma. This comes through in our salves and spell candles, and blends wonderfully with the fragrance of the herbs and essential oils we use to make them. It is also evident in all of our seasonal candles, and all of the other products we sell that contain beeswax.

Honeybees use beeswax to build honeycomb cells to raise their young as well as to store pollen and eventually honey. Honeycomb wax is nearly white. This nearly white wax is the most expensive of beeswax as it is the hardest to come by. Very white wax will have been bleached and is not something we sell or use. The natural addition of pollen, oils and propolis (a mixture on bee saliva and tree or plant sap) change the colour of the wax to the more familiar butterscotch yellow, and eventually to a deeper honey brown. As a result of this it is difficult to produce candles in some colours. Blues and whites are especially awkward. However, any spell that calls for a white candle initially would have called for a natural colour candle, so the use of natural beeswax candles is fine. Spells which require blue candles may be replaced with either yellow, the colour of Mercury (for study, communication etc.) or green, the colour of Venus (for health and healing spells)

Beeswax and honey are excellent aids to healing. Those with diabetes are often advised to replace the sugar in their diet with honey to avoid spiking glucose levels. The addition of cinnamon will also help to stabilise glucose levels and tastes wonderful with honey. Beeswax itself is natures humidifier. Throughout history the candles are known to have burned the cleanest, longest and brightest. Allowing for less damage to eyesight in dimming light, as well as the release of negative ions which attract positive ions (dust, pollen and other allergens) causing them either to burn up in the flame or to fall to the ground. This means that burning natural beeswax candles in your home or place of work will purify the air and may help those who suffer from allergies, asthma and hay-fever.
Due to the viscose texture of bees wax, candles will burn approximately 3 times longer than paraffin candles and twice as long a soy.

We hope that you love our beeswax products as much as we do. If you have any questions please email us. we are more than happy to help.

Written by Storm Black 2017.